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Loving (2016)

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The story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a couple whose arrest for interracial marriage in 1960s Virginia began a legal battle that would end with the Supreme Court's historic 1967 decision.

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Jeff Nichols

Writer:

Jeff Nichols
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 25 wins & 83 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ruth Negga ... Mildred
Joel Edgerton ... Richard
Will Dalton ... Virgil
Dean Mumford Dean Mumford ... Drag Race Driver
Terri Abney ... Garnet
Alano Miller ... Raymond
Chris Greene ... Percy (as Chris R. Greene)
Benjamin Booker ... Shotgun Shack Musician #1
Justin Robinson Justin Robinson ... Shotgun Shack Musician #2
Dennis Williams Dennis Williams ... Shotgun Shack Musician #3
Keith Tyree Keith Tyree ... Bricklayer
Sharon Blackwood ... Lola Loving
Rebecca Turner ... Pregnant Girl
Christopher Mann ... Theoliver
Mike Shiflett ... Magistrate
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The story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a couple whose arrest for interracial marriage in 1960s Virginia began a legal battle that would end with the Supreme Court's historic 1967 decision.

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All love is created equal.


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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements | See all certifications »

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UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 November 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El matrimonio Loving See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$159,615, 6 November 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$7,696,098, 20 January 2017
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2.39 : 1
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Received a standing ovation at its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2016. See more »

Goofs

Early in the film a burger joint is show in the background. Its signage is in the Apple Chicago typeface, which was not created until the early 1980s. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mildred: I'm pregnant.
Richard Loving: [long pause] Good. That's good.
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Connections

References The Loving Story (2011) See more »

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My Love Will Never Die
Written by Willie Dixon
Performed by Magic Sam
Published by BMG BumbleBee obo Hoochie Coochie Music
c/o BMG Rights Management (US) LLC
Courtesy of Delmark Records
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Great Performances Help Drama-Less Story
19 February 2017 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Loving (2016)

*** (out of 4)

Richard Loving (Joel Edgerton) marries his pregnant girlfriend Mildred (Ruth Negga) but soon afterwards they are both arrested. Richard, a white man, and Mildred, a black woman, are forced to plead guilty to avoid prison time but they also must leave the state of Virgina. Soon the ACLU hears their case and tries to get it to the Supreme Court.

LOVING is another winner from writer-director Jeff Nichols who is certainly one of the most interesting filmmakers out there. It seems a lot of movies based around race were released in 2016 and many of them were based on true stories, which includes this one. If you're already familiar with the story then it's doubtful anything here will blow you away but at the same time if you're unaware of the court's decision and you're not familiar with these old laws then you're more than likely to really be caught up in the picture.

For the most part this is an extremely well-made movie but I must say that there were a few problems that I had with it. For starters, the film is very low-key, which is an interesting way to tell the story and I thought the director perfectly captured the "country life" by filming the picture this way. The problem is that there's really no drama to be had throughout the film as nothing is really played up for the sake of building up any tension or drama. I'm not sure why Nichols went this direction but I really thought it gave the film an almost made-for-television feel. I'd also argue that the lack of any drama leading up to the Supreme Court showdown also took away any emotional impact.

With that out of the way, the main reason to watch the film are for its two lead actors. Both Negga and Edgerton did a fantastic job with their roles and the best thing is certainly their chemistry together. I really loved how the two actors worked off one another and they really did make you feel as if you were watching a real couple struggle with this issue. I thought both of them had to do a lot of acting without using too many words, which is a difficult thing to do yet they both pulled it off. The supporting cast of characters were all extremely good as well.

As I said, I thought the film lacked a lot of drama or emotion but there's still no doubt that the story itself was a very interesting one and the performances were certainly great.


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